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Dr. Kressen Thyen

Why It Matters What We Do: Arab Citizens' Perceptions of the European Union after the 2011 Uprisings

Published | 03/2018

    Series

    GIGA Working Paper

    Series Number

    312

    Number of Pages

    26

    Publisher

    German Institute for Global and Area Studies (GIGA)

    Place

    Hamburg


    Abstract

    In the Middle East and North Africa, EU foreign policy has tended to prioritise regime stability over democratisation. Existing research has argued that this could create anti‐European sentiment in the respective populations. However, empirical evidence on the relationship between the EU’s stance towards regime change and citizen attitudes remains rare. Focusing on Morocco and Egypt, this study uses a mixed‐methods approach, combining qualitative case studies with original survey data to examine whether the EU’s divergent responses to the 2011 uprisings in these two countries are mirrored in regime opponents’ support for EU cooperation.